Wedding season is winding down, and that means it's time for all of those holiday parties that are being planned as I type. What's the one thing every woman needs for a holiday party? A new dress. But, as I'm sure you're all well aware, fancy dresses tend to be extremely expensive. If they're not, they're generally poor quality. That's why I'm introducing Dress First.
I have been browsing for a new party dress for MONTHS. All have either been way out of my price range, or probably wouldn't have looked great on me. Or, based on who was selling the dress I already knew it was going to be cheaply made. Then, there are the dresses that would fit, and I like, but they weren't sophisticated enough. They were meant for teenagers. Bummer.
Way back in May of 2012, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of being introduced to a children's brand of shoes called Zooligans. My daughter had the chance to test out a pair of Amanda the Panda Mary Jane shoes. She LOVED her Panda shoes. I mean, she loved them so much that she never wanted to take them off. It was all about the Panda. Now, about a year and a half later, Zooligans has introduced a brand new Fall line that is just as adorable and kid friendly as their previous line. And let's just say, she wore her new pair for three days straight. This brand is a huge winner in my book. (I tell people with young kids about them all of the time via word-of-mouth.)
This time my daughter's eye landed on the Penny the Penguin Boots. "Penquin boots! Penguin boots!!" It was an easy choice for her, and Mommy was thinking ahead to Fall/Winter weather and all of the rain I was sure we'd be getting lately. I requested a pair in size 11. The shoes are supposedly true-to-size, which I found accurate for the most part. Her feet have been growing like weeds so, I'm never sure which size for which brand will actually work best. The only issue I noticed is that with my daughter's pudgy feet (<--- that's a bit of an understatement), is that the area where the foot needs to turn, right by the penguin's stomach, is a little tight. We can get the boots on her when she's wearing socks, however not when she's barefoot. Then again, who wears boots without socks? It's really not a flaw of the product. We've had this problem with every pair of boot that she's owned, and honestly, this is the first pair that has actually gone ON. (We have returned so many pairs of boots just because her stinkin' feet won't feet into them.)
Since moving to D.C. I've had the fortune of being introduced to the city's booming event/night life. Everything from charity events, to drink competitions, menu tastings, invites to wine tasting as the Embassy's, and whatever else under the sun that you can think of. And, while I will typically ride the metro into the city, just because of the sheer convenience, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to arrive in a stylish car I'd be proud to have the valet park for me.
I had a few things set up for the week that I was supposed to review the 2014 Kia Forte. The one I was most excited about was the Aroma Espresso Bar menu tasting in Bethesda, MD. Unfortunately I got sick that week and my plans ended up being cancelled. I mean, I was pretty much down an out for the majority of the week. Prying me off the couch was nearly impossible. (I'm also pretty sure no one wanted someone who couldn't stop coughing and sneezing near any of their food.) Super bummer, right?!
The 2014 Kia Forte EX arrived with little fan fare. Usually smaller cars don't get my engine running. I'm also a slightly timid driver in the city's traffic and prefer to be sitting up a little higher so I can see better. Plus, if I'm going to get into an accident I'd rather be the one taking someone out than getting crushed to death. But, larger vehicles really aren't the best for city driving, and especially not for commuting into the city, so I was excited to give this one a test run.
The Blogger Recipe Challenge group was sponsored by Wholly Guacamole during our meat month challenge this September. We each had to come up with a recipe using either a variety of their guac or salsa, and let me just tell you the recipes looked delicious! Wholly Guacamole has been SUPER generous and we're each getting to give away a cooler full of guac! For an idea of what will come in it you can check out the photo above of a Wholly Guac cooler I've received in the past. The most recent cooler for this particular challenge came with 3 varieties of salsa, and about 5 varieties of guac including spicy, home style, 100% guac, etc. Pretty sweet, huh? Enter below. You must complete the mandatory entry in order to be eligible.